Thalmic Labs Creates Wearable Armbands for Gesture Control

The makers of the Myo armband at Thalmic Labs are using wearables to simple gesture interfaces. Unlike other software that requires light for infrared sensors, the armband attaches to the user’s skin and can detect electrical impulses to power electronics and computers. According to the founders, a small movement of a finger is as easy to detect as a wave of the hand. The best part about the interface is walking around and opening window blinds and controlling UAVs like Darth Vader.

Using groundbreaking technology and Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy, the MYO armband is able to measure electrical activity in users’ muscles to communicate with the devices it is paired with. Unlike other gesture control devices already on the market, MYO requires no camera to sense the user’s movements, freeing them from the confines of a fixed space to maintain connection. The result is a seamless, unmatched way to interact with computers and other digital consumer products.

MYO has already sold out of its initial 25,000 pre-order units to developers in 124 countries. The running list of Myo-able devices are long and includes the usual suspects: iPad, iPhone, Windows Computers, Parrot AR drone, Raspberry Pi. The developers are also working to connect the armbands to gaming headset, Occulus Rift, and geek eyewear, Google Glass.